House Committee Advances Benninghoff Measure to Combat Truancy
HARRISBURG – Student truancy, or excessive absences from school without legitimate reasons, is a problem in Pennsylvania. State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) wants to address it and a state House committee Wednesday brought him one step closer to his goal.

“We know that students who miss school tend to have more trouble than kids who are regularly in the classroom,” Benninghoff said. “We want to find ways to get more kids in school and identify ways to positively deal with truancy.”

The House Education Committee Wednesday morning in Harrisburg approved Benninghoff’s House Resolution 1032, a measure calling for a comprehensive investigation into existing truancy laws and policies in Pennsylvania.

The review would be conducted by the Joint State Government Commission, a non-partisan research organization that serves the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The resolution directs the commission to establish an advisory committee with members and organizations representing the educational, law enforcement and child advocacy communities.

Benninghoff’s resolution also calls for the commission to identify the best ways to deal with truancy by reviewing existing practices in Pennsylvania and across the United States.

“One of the primary goals of our education system is to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life,” Benninghoff said. “It’s hard for educators to do that if students aren’t coming to school. We want to identify what’s working, look at areas for improvement and develop a comprehensive approach to address truancy in Pennsylvania schools.”

Benninghoff’s measure now heads to the full House for consideration.

Representative Kerry Benninghoff
171st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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